KVA STAINLESS is Changing the Game with New Stainless Steel for Bicycles
Stainless Steel frames may sound out of date,
but for strength, safety, repairability, durability,
and aesthetic beauty, nothing beats Stainless Steel
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Already proven and tested by KVA STAINLESS(TM) in other industries, notably automotive, the patented KVA’s stainless steel structural tubing can now be integrated into high performance bicycle frames. Cyclists should expect excellent ride characteristics, reduced weight, increase strength (safety) and stiffness, at a significant cost savings over many existing metal alloys.
After years of engineering and development, KVA STAINLESS(TM) introduced for the first time, MS2 (TM) at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) its new, patented method of turning rolls of stainless steel sheeting into bicycle tubing, known as MS2 for road bikes and mountain bikes. Three bike builders using MS2 bike tubing won awards at NAHBS.
Douglas Gore, vice-president of sales and business development, said, “We just introduced our new stainless steel bike tubing at NAHBS for the first time. We are very proud of the craftsmanship displayed by all the builders using our MS2 and we are extremely happy share in the excitement of winning awards with these fine builders. We look forward to attending NAHBS in 2012 and hope to be apart of a few more awards.”
Stainless steel as a frame tubing material has held much promise, but until now has been seen as too expensive, too difficult to work with, or both. KVA STAINLESS MS2 solves these problems.
MS2 tubing is made in the United States from first quality, domestic stainless steel alloys, using the most modern forming, welding and precision thermal processing technology available to produce custom-made butted bicycle tubing.
Gore said, “Bike builders have been very generous with their ideas and thoughts, as well as extremely supportive. Cyclists should expect excellent ride characteristics, outstanding durability, and toughness from our new MS² bicycle tubing. On the style side, stainless steel offers the timeless beauty and unmatched craftsmanship of an unpainted frame. In the olden days of cycling, pre-1975, bicycles were built with steel frames, plated steel spokes and chromed steel rims. When stainless steel spokes arrived everybody celebrated and immediately switched over. Stainless steel as a frame tubing material has held much promise, but until now has been seen as too expensive, too difficult to work with, or both; KVA STAINLESS solves these problems.”
European bike builder. “Today I was able to assemble our first KVA stainless steel bike with some components I had laying around in my workshop. Although the frame is not finished, I was able to take it for a first ride. Although it was already dark outside, I was surprised to feel the first impression. The bike felt more crisp and direct than I had anticipated. I was expecting a more soft ride, but instead it felt very responsive. This was particularly noticeable when standing on the pedals, the bike really sets off once you put the power to the pedals.”
Paul Taylor, of Taylor Bicycles, said, “KVA Stainless is willing to listen to the frame builders and what they have to say, and takes their input seriously. I like the fact that the tubing is made in America and is readily available, in stock, and offered in a variety of diameters and sizes. The quality of the KVA tubing is excellent and it’s more user friendly and easier to work with than some of the competitors’ stainless steel tubing. My customers love it!”
Alex Cook, of A-train Cycles, said, “I was surprised and impressed with the workability of KVA stainless tubing. KVA is an awesome company to do business with: from the ease of online ordering and customer services, to the care in packaging, and of course the finished product.”
Mark Nobilette, of Nobilette Cycles, said, “I believe that KVA has finally made the stainless tube set that frame builders want. It integrates the best with the stainless fittings that are already out there.”
KVA STAINLESS sells individual tubes and complete sets in a wide range of sizes, for road and off-road uses.
Over the last three years, production manager, Joe McCrink and director of engineering, Danny Codd, have manufactured and tested numerous road bike frames using MS2 tubing.
McCrink said, “We are aware of a growing interest in stainless steel frames; riders reportedly like the look and feel of stainless steel.”
McCrink and Codd attended Interbike to network with bicycle manufacturers, where they noted much excitement and interest in KVA’s stainless steel tubing technology across all bicycle market segments, from mountain to high-end road bikes. Codd said, “We had such an enthusiastic response, we are confident it is the right time for this technology in the bicycle industry. There has been a lot of interest, inquiries, and orders from custom hand-made bike builders too larger bicycle companies.”
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About KVA Stainless
KVA STAINLESS(TM) is a privately owned company that provides innovative, low-cost, advanced, high-strength, martensitic stainless steel processing technology and solutions to an industrial customer base. It specializes in first-rate research and development, high quality manufacturing standards, and uncompromising customer service. KVA STAINLESS has grown out of Hi-Temp inc. Founded in 1953, Hi-Temp was one of the largest processors of martensitic stainless steels in North America. KVA STAINLESS owns several proprietary and patent-pending processing, joining and manufacturing methods for martensitic stainless steels.